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Yet another positive step towards “Health & Wellness”

There has been a lot of buzz about Health & Wellness. Some weeks back I feel fortunate to be part of a Tweet Chat organized by Life and Money and that did give me a fantastic opportunity to make some research on this important, however most of the time overlooked topic and gain my interest. You can follow #LnMChat on Twitter for more conversations around this topic.

Meanwhile, here are some insights that did help me learn more about why is Health & Wellness so important and need self-attention.

  • Indian wellness sector is at INR 500 billion and it is expected to hit the mark of $1 trillion by 2020.
  • In India, diabetic nephropathy is expected to develop in 6.6 million of the 30 million patients suffering from diabetes
  • Number of people with hypertension was 118.2 million in 2000 to 213.5 million by 2025

Some of us would say that this data is an eye-opener and we need to do something about it. Well, it’s great to see corporates doing their bit towards encouraging employees to take Health & Wellness seriously. Did see lot of action at Tieto that were in the right direction to encourage and inspire employees to work towards their Health & Wellness area. Some of them includes:

  • Regular participation and sponsoring Marathons, Inter sports competitions
  • Free Annual Health Checkup for all employees
  • Fitness Challenge across the company and encourage employees to track their steps
  • Gym Kit as a annual gift to all employees
  • Regular Health Tips
  • Tieto has Launched a dedicate Employee Assistance Program that includes; Counselling & Coaching, Online Self Help Tools, Diet and Nutrition Services, Critical Incident Stress Management for employees

 

It’s also a great opportunity for us as employees to also leverage such programs. Health & Wellness is not just the responsibility of corporates, nevertheless it’s our responsibility to take care of our health. Would be great to also know and learn how is your company promoting and encouraging Health & Wellness programs.

PS: Organizations are going great length to support health & wellness but if individuals are not participating then it is just another initiative which would vanish soon.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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Green or Red!!!

All it takes is just Red or Green button to get insights around employee morale. One set of folks would be more keen to talk about Systems, AI, Machine Learning, High End Gadgets etc to track and measure employees morale. Whereas the other set of folks might want something which is easy, simple and effective.

Well, if you are looking for the 2nd option, this might be something that you would like to explore. During some research assignment around how to gauge employees morale, in simple words the mood of employees, I landed on this interesting site : Celpax .They have a simple yet strong mission, a mission to make it as easy as possible for all employees to participate in improving the workplace. This is where they caught my attention and I happened to order the device and get a feel of it. PS: The 1st device is FREE. You read it right, FREE.

So the device did travel across the world; it came all the way from Barcelona to Germany to Amsterdam to Mumbai and then finally Pune 🙂 And to make things interesting there was a personalized note too in the box (Contains Device, Collaterals, How to Install Note) PS: It did take around 3 mins to install the device.

Now that the system is on, it will be interesting to see what insights can be recorded. For folks who are totally into DATA, there is a dashboard that you get access to. This is the place where in you get Mood KPI information, weekly data, trends, days wise participation etc.

So, what are you waiting for, go ahead and explore this simple, easy and effective way to involve your employees and put a smile on their face (Hopefully a Green Button 🙂 )

Would be great to also know your views on this interesting way to improve your workplace aka happiness quotient.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Wokay…7 years of Blogging : Rambling Reflections

It ​all started on 23rd Dec 2009. You might ask “Why did you start Blogging” Well, I have a simple answer for it – I am normal person who likes to read simple blogs (without HR Jargons) hence I started writing blogs, so that I could understand it while reading it. Period 🙂

Things that I learnt while blogging (Here we go, time for some gyan!!!)

a) “Always write for yourself and don’t ever, ever, ever try to please the audience”

b) Stick to basics

c) “Your Blog Title must be one of its kind 🙂

Here are my top 5 favorite Blogs so far. As they say, the best is yet to come:

d) Wokay….. last but not the least, in fact the most important thing I learnt – Just have fun and be your real self 🙂

As mentioned in the 2nd point, here are the numbers. But no numbers can beat this feeling when people ask you “Are you that Rambling Recruiter Guy” Just amazing feeling. That is the most satisfying ROI ever. So now you know, when you ask me about my ROI of blogging, this is exactly what you will get to hear 🙂

Coming back to numbers, here you go


So looking forward to 2017. Hope to cover more and more interesting topics and as promised, will continue not to use Jargons 🙂

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

No Jargon : That’s a promise!!

The results are out!!! It’s time to uncover some interesting insights around the world famous keyword aka “Jargon”. I am sure we have all used it in some or the form, forums, events, workplace, outside workplace and so on 🙂 This is a small attempt to capture the pulse and thoughts of folks who are exposed to the world of Jargons. They could be folks who have used it or were at receiving end of a Jargon.

So, enough of gyan. Let’s look at the results.

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I am sure by now you would agree that Jargons are everywhere. It’s a choice to use it or not. But would be great to know your views, inputs, suggestions, reactions around these results.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Dare : A Bold New HR aka #SHRMI16 in 140 Characters


Just 140 characters!!

It was time for 1000+ HR folks to gather at the biggest HR event aka SHRM Annual Conference. 2 days of non-stop learning, sharing and connecting with passionate and inspiring HR folks. The discussions were not just restricted within the 4 walls of the conference room. They went viral all over Social Media Platforms. Twitter being the most happening place of all and guess what #SHRMI16 was trending on Twitter within 60 mins of the event being opened.

So let’s take a look at some of the interesting discussions that happened at the event in just 140 characters :

Learning never stops. So why stop exploring more tweets 🙂 Go on and share your feedback, insights, views and inputs around this interesting theme : Dare a Bold New HR 🙂 

So, what are you waiting for. Go ahead, explore these and many more of such BOLD tweets on #SHRMI16.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

Google Allo : HR’s New Best Friend!!!

“Send a reminder mail to Mr. Jayant, Miss Naina and Mr. Kunjal for sending across their Education and Work Experience Certificates”

“Share the list of last weekend drives final Dot Net and Java Selects. Also attach their Interview Assessment Sheets”

“Do Schedule a meeting with Mr. Kamdar on 5th Oct at 4pm IST for discussion around celebrating #WomanAtWork. Also attach Diversity Hiring Report 2016 with the schedule”

Response: Done 🙂 Happy to help.

So, by now you would have realized that I am dictating this to someone and that someone has done the needful. Any guess who this someone might be? Well, it’s my new friend aka Google Allo. Life has become easy and I am able to focus on other productive work. All I have to do is type these instructions and Google Allo (Assistant) will do the rest. This is really an amazing way to delegate some transactional work and it surely saves lot of your time. You can ask for reports, schedule meeting, set reminders, ask Allo to also attach important files, links, Videos, Pictures and so on.

One of the major challenges that hiring professionals face during weekend drives is to follow up with candidates, remind them about their schedule, ask them to bring in the required documents and also follow up again on the day of the weekend drive. Allo can help you do it all. All you have to type in the required instructions and that’s it 🙂 Simple right.

And guess what, post the event Allo can send in thank you note to all those who have attended the recruitment drive. To make things more interesting, Allo can also send the list of Final Selects to the Delivery Manager. That’s amazing stuff. All this possible just by typing 😉

Here are a few more examples that might help you to leverage Google Allo:

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So how many of you actually tried it out!!! Did it work for you? Yes, No!!!  Before you remove me from your friends list, let me confess; this does not work as of now. But this will soon be a reality and HR will benefit a lot from this. Getting Data will not be boring anymore. It will be just a chat away. (Was tempted to use this line “Data is the new OIL”) 

Would be great to know your views, comments and suggestions on any other ways in which Allo or any other  Assistant apps can helps our HR community.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

Dare : A Bold New HR

Who dare wins!!! Have you read this before? I’m sure most of you would have. It’s been long since I have been reading and hearing all sorts of things about “Do we need HR” “Can companies live without HR Function” and so on. Thanks to the so called tons and tons of HR Jargons that are being used these days, to confuse us and employees too. As they say, if you can’t convince, confuse them 😉 Let me take this opportunity to just say this : HR = HUMAN Resource “As long as we have Humans on earth (Soon Mars), they would need HR” That’s a BOLD statement right? Well, that’s the need of the hour and a fact too.

So, enough of convincing (Not Confusing) you all. Following post is all about getting to know the pulse of passionate working professionals about their views on “The Bold New HR”. This is an interesting theme that SHRM India has come up with this year for their Annual Event.

Let’s get started. There were just 3 questions that were asked to the audience and all they had to do was cast their vote. There were NOJARGONS used, nor was it an alien language, it was pure simple and to the point questions. Here you go:

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Now that the results are out, I’m sure there would be loads of analysis, views, comments and suggestions. Feel free to add in your thoughts in the comments section of the blog. This will also help us as a HR community learn from each other.

PS : Do follow #SHRMI16 for some amazing insights around this BOLD theme – Dare : A Bold New HR

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

All about #TechHR16 in 140 characters

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” ~ Albert Einstein

“If you can’t explain in 140 characters, you don’t understand it well enough” ~ Kunjal Kamdar

It was time for the 3rd edition of TechHR and time to meet, learn and connect with the Who’s Who of the HR community. PeopleMatters as always managed to bring in amazing speakers, topics and provide a common learning platform for HR folks. Considering we all have a short attention span (Reading too); following are the tweets aka 140 Characters.

Here you go:

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Hope this collection of tweets might help you gain some interesting insights from the world of TechHR. In case you are on Twitter, you can also connect with the speakers in 140 characters right here : goo.gl/uYtxnJ

Looking forward to your views, comments and thoughts around TechHR16.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

 

Reboot Appraisal : 2.0!!!

It was that time of the year when both employee and employers were nervous. Yes, you guessed it right – Appraisal Discussion. I was all set with my list of achievements, awards, target achieved, appreciation mails etc. But there was this unpleasant silence in the room. Yet, I managed to keep a check on my nerves.

Soon the conference door opened and I was now in front of my manager. IT showed no emotions, no smile, no frowning, no nothing. Just a straight face. I was ready with my list and the discussion went on and on. IT did not sweat, nor did it take any breaks between the questions. IT was very clear, to the point, absolutely precise. It was a boring discussion for me and I was glad when it ended. But it did not end well for my manager. IT had crashed by the end of the discussion. My only concern was that IT should have saved this discussion or else I would have to go through the torture.

If you haven’t guessed it by now, let me tell you that the IT I have been talking about is a ROBOT. I won’t be surprised to see robots as our bosses. Perhaps, we will report to them, they will appraise us and who knows, FIRE us too!

But my curiosity (aka problem) is bigger than this.

– Will we, as employees, manage to work in harmony with robots?

– Will robots have the authority to fire employees (Us, humans)?!

– Will there be new policy that will protect robot’s interests?

– Will there be situations when humans will file a case against a robot for being unfair or being biased?

I’m pretty damn moved and imagining such situation. What about you? Share your views, ideas and apprehensions about this; not that far from reality, are we? 🙂

Mother, Our Life Line

Celebrating Mother’s Day is a very modern world concept but a noble one. Moms have always been our lifeline, our support, our mentors, our best friends. We celebrate Mother’s Day this May 8th , since this day is absolutely close to my heart, I thought of sharing some workday ideas with the readers which are easy to implement.

Following are a list of idea that can be implemented very easily and will surely have a positive impact at workplace :

 A thank you note from the CEO or HR sent across to all working moms. This is a great way of reinstating your belief in them and letting them know how much they mean to the organization and how they are an integral part of your growth story

– If possible frame their Family portrait at their desk, nice surprise for them at the start of their day will just do wonders and make them smile for sure.

Invite their family members, especially their kids to office and let them see their work-spaces, meet their office friends and mingle with their peers, colleagues and bosses. Good way of integrating the extended family. You could also have a fun photo booth for the families, they can carry those memories back with them

– Organize a special lunch for all the working moms, if possible, tie-up with different outlets which can offer them discount on products, services. As I am sure, this group wouldn’t mind extra pampering and love.

– If possible invite a keynote speaker who can talk to them about career aspirations, work-life balance and the group can share tips with each other.

– A perfect occasion to launch Day Care Center if at all your company is planning to set it. This can also be a very great retention tool.

Ideally each day needs to be celebrated as “Mothers Day” as they are special. However we tend to forget to appreciate people and relationships on daily basis. This is a good reminder for us to start afresh again.

These are general tips, I am sure there are many more like these. Looking forward to your views around these workday ideas.

Regards

Rambling Recruiter

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